Travel Information

The tentative ACA Summer School schedule is now available. Those of you who are working on setting up reservations for the school need to know the following now:

The first official event of the school will be lunch at the IIT McCormick Student Center (east side of State Street between 31st and 33rd Streets) from 11:45am to 1:00pm on Monday 14 July 2008. Thus you don't need to be at IIT until noon that date. You may arrive Sunday night if you prefer; just let us know so we can make your dorm reservations beginning then. You'll be able to get your room keys and information on getting to the dorms at that point. After lunch and checkin into the dorms you will head for the Life Sciences Building, 3101 South Dearborn, Chicago IL 60616. Life Sciences is on the southwest corner of the intersection of State Street and 31st Street on the near south side of Chicago. Transportation instructions are below.

The final official event of the school will be a wrap-up discussion on Saturday 26 July. It will conclude by 11 am on that date. Therefore unless you cannot find flights out of Chicago any later than about 1pm, there is no reason to stay longer than Saturday 26 July for the school.

How to Get to IIT by Air

IIT is readily accessible by public transportation from either O'Hare International Airport or from Midway Airport. From O'Hare, you take the CTA Blue Line train from O'Hare to Clark & Lake; walk up to the elevated station there and take the southbound Green Line (toward either 63rd & Ashland or East 63rd) to 35th-Bronzeville-IIT. Total travel time will be about an hour, assuming a few minutes' wait at Clark & Lake.

From Midway, take the CTA Orange Line train toward Clark & Lake and transfer to the southbound Green Line at Roosevelt. Follow the Green Line to the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station, as above. Total travel time will be about 45 minutes. You can get more information at http://www.transitchicago.com/.

How to Get to IIT by Rail

Chicago is home to several major rail systems, including its own rapid-transit system (CTA), a commuter rail system (Metra), and the national rail service (Amtrak). Amtrak serves Union Station in downtown Chicago; Metra serves Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center, and the Randolph Street station, all in or near the downtown "loop" district. From the Amtrak station you can get to IIT by walking one block south to the Clinton Street CTA station and boarding the inbound Blue Line train there. Take the Blue Line train to Clark & Lake and transfer to a southbound Green Line train as described above for O'Hare passengers. Total travel time from the Amtrak station will be about 25 minutes.

How to get to the Life Sciences Building from the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT El Station

The 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station lies between 34rd and 35th Streets, just east of State Street. Disembark the train and head north (away from the direction the train has been heading) toward the 34th Street exit from the station. Cross State Street and walk three blocks north to the southwest corner of 31St and State, where the Life Sciences building is.

How to get to the McCormick-Tribune Campus Center from the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT El Station

Disembark the train and head north (away from the direction the train has been heading) toward the 34th Street exit from the station. Follow State Street north one block and cross 33rd Street. The McCormick-Tribune Campus Center is the large, striking-looking, one-story building just north of that intersection. The food facilities are in the building.